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It’s not difficult, and it is very rewarding. Since I do not jump from one band to another, this tuner is now used everyday and tunes my horizontal skyloop antenna perfectly from to 6 meters. LOL really a good unit guys as the heathhkit show.

I use it with my SB routinely, and it’s a real pleasure to use Unless you take this precaution it is too easy to lose small parts and in old gear, there are NO replacements. The Heathkit has copper metal work where the Palstar is constructed using aluminum sheet metal. The Heathkit SA is the clear winner. You will have to saw off da-2060a back of shaft to same length as factory unit and turn the wafer ring to set how many positions you need the stops.


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You should never do that. If you don’t, you stand a good chance of pitting heatkhit like this. I bought the unit manula the band switch out from a local ham. Hope this helps someone and I can honestly say the same for this as I said on my sb,your not getting mine. The Palstar CV is more expensive than all my other tuners, but yet it lacks a dual meter display as seen on the Heathkit.

These aa-2060a are just superbly laid out, top quality materials used and should last for years. Then I put on some beautiful shiny knobs and placed this puppy in service. We can pull an “old timer’s” trick by reversing the coil. But then again, this is a Heathkit and therefore it is extremely easy to add a simple phono plug on the back of this tuner, a few wires inside for 12v lighting and your done.



The snap position tends to twist and allowing the wafer switch in the back to get out of alignment. I like the modern styling and appearance of this tuner SA non A It seems to fit right in with all manuaal modern gear in my shack.

Higher power will pit the roller coil, same as “hot switching”.

Also the antenna switch on the Heathkit feels and sounds like an industrial grade clunk, but the clicker on ssa-2060a Palstar feels tight and works fine. However, there is a repair, it just takes a little work. No manufactured capacitors in these home built Heath tuners. A battleship example sa-2060q a tuner. I think I made a mannual decision, and a good purchase. It’s probably the last antenna tuner you will ever own. The meters are quite accurate. This is close to being the ultimate tuner.

First it is necessary to remove the input capacitor to get to the roller, and then remove the roller! I can load up my 43ft vertical on m and tune it to a SWR of 1. Also, regarding ‘screw count’ for shielding, it’s a myth. The cross hair “MFJ style” meter is not to my liking and the smaller numbers can sometimes appear confusing and harder to read.

This tuner is exceptionally well designed, and uses surprisingly ea-2060a quality components. In a matter of 6 months, have worked many countries and all states.

Never an arc or spark. Next, let’s take a look at the Heath A Antenna tuner. New to Ham Radio? The “red object” in the foreground is what Heath supplied to put nuts in tight places. Contact the site with comments or questions. Pitting on a roller such as this is usually caused by the operator “adjusting” the roller with high power applied.


Over the past 10 years I have tried 4 different auto tuners even the high power MFJb but always had little quirks with them, either not tuning right or just too noisy and knew there was no problem with RF in the shack.

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I have one now and am keeping it for sure. I also taped up the strap busing using 3M silicone splicing tape, rubber C splicing tape, with vinyl and cloth over the high voltage tape, just in ,anual it wants to try to arc to the toroid balun.

I had put sa-2600a band switch in the sb a few months ago and didn’t use the new shaft only pulled the wafers and put on my unit to simplify the installation. Just be carefull pulling the fiber geathkit and don’t lose your alignment on bands during the mod. Heathkit should bring it back You will do well, if you undertake projects such as this, to obtain the original s-a2060a. Im going to write a review not to help the reputation of this unit but to hit on something I have not seen anyone talk about yet.

Don’t let someone’s review complaining of a dirty roller inductor or loose parts it’s not Heathkit’s fault if, for example, the unit was left uncovered by a prior owner or screws were not properly torqued when the kit was assembled keep you from enjoying this tuner if you have a chance to. It has a big screen, and the one working channel is all I need, and it sure works great.